Barnsley take hope from fighting show but need wins quickly

Lee johnson: We have to change the mentality and mindset. 'Picture: Dean Atkins
Lee johnson: We have to change the mentality and mindset. 'Picture: Dean Atkins
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Barnsley boss Lee Johnson would give anything for a victory.

Seven successive League One defeats tells it’s own miserable story as the Reds have plummeted down the division.

A battling second half performance in Tuesday’s 4-3 away defeat to Coventry City has given some signs of encouragement but under-fire Johnson knows only results will do now as he looks to keep his job at Oakwell.

“When you’re on a losing run everything seems to be going wrong, whether it being refereeing decisions, missed penalties or missed opportunities,” admitted Johnson.

“But it is what it is. We’ve got to dig and keep going because we need a result.

“I didn’t expect us to be where we are [in the table], but I knew that the expectations [from the fans] were slightly too high given the reality of the group.

“It’s just about breaking that duck now and trying to get some wins.

“We’ve not been trounced at any point this season, we’ve only been losing by the odd goal. But we have to change the mentality and mindset.

“It’s a bit early to say we’re involved in a relegation scrap, but you have to embrace where you are – and you have to get out of it very quickly.

“By hook or by crook we have to do it.”

The Reds don’t have a league game now until next Saturday’s home game with Port Vale.

And Johnson knows things don’t get any easier despite playing Non-League opposition in the form of Altrincham in the FA Cup first round this Saturday, followed by a crunch home clash with York City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area quarter-finals next Tuesday.

“It’s been difficult [to get new players in] because there’s not an awful lot [of players] about,” admitted Johnson.

“Sometimes you’ve got to be careful not to bring bodies in just for the sake of it. They’ve got to be the right ones.

“We’re looking for that bit of experience, but given the fact we’ve got so many loans already, you have to be very picky about what you take in.”